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Flatford Lock on the Stour looking towards Bridge Cottage

A view of Flatford Lock on the Stour looking towards Bridge Cottage.

This small canvas is said to convey all the brilliance of Constable's full scale masterpieces and depicts a breezy English late summer scene with a distant rainstorm and a sunburst lighting up a field of haystacks.


Details

The family living at Bridge Cottage, seen here beyond the lock, were the tenants of the artist's father, Golding Constable.  They would have collected tolls from the lighters passing through and may have provided here an area for rest and refreshment for the families who operated the commercial barge route along this part of the river.

The finished subject of this sketch was Constable's main submission to the Royal Academy in the summer of 1813, Landscape ‘Boys Fishing’ 1813

Provenance:

Isabel Constable, the artists daughter | Old World Art Inc, New York 1941, where purchased by Viola Bray, Michigan USA.  Last sold at Bonhams and now in a private collection.

 

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